Call for Proposals: Librarianship and Information Literacy in the Post-Truth Era — WALDO Panel Discussion, June 13th

Librarianship and Information Literacy in the Post-Truth Era

“Circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
The 2016 Oxford English Dictionary definition of post-truth

Call for Proposals for a Panel Discussion Fordham University’s Walsh Library, Rose Hill Campus June 13th, 2017, 9-12 noon, the O’Hare Room (4th floor) Proposals Due: Friday, March 31, 2017

The Westchester Academic Library Director’s Organization (WALDO) invites you to submit to the Call for Proposals for a special panel discussion on the role and value of librarianship and information literacy in the current climate of fake news and alternative facts.

Never before has the mission of libraries been as important as we seek ways to engage our communities around the importance of authoritative information and unite as a profession to defend and uphold the core principles of our work.

WALDO is currently seeking a 45-minute keynote session and 15-minute short talks that address panel themes including:

* Information authority and the mission of libraries

* New tools and resources for identifying fake news and biased information

* Collection development and the question of bias

* Libraries as safe sanctuaries for all patrons

* Threats to privacy and access to information

WALDO welcomes proposals that offer both practical applications and guidance, as well as higher-level, philosophical frameworks and implications. Proposals should identify if they are for keynote or short talk, and should be no more than 250 words in length.

Please email proposals to Mustafa Sakarya ( or Linda Loschiavo ( no later than Friday, March 31, 2017.

The panel discussion will take place in the O’ Hare Room on the 4th floor of Fordham University’s Walsh library at the Rose Hill Campus on Tuesday, June 13th from 9-12:00pm. Presenters will receive an honorarium as well as reimbursement for travel expenses. Light breakfast buffet will be served.

For more information about the event, please contact panel organizers Mustafa Sakarya, or Linda Loschiavo,

For more information about WALDO, please visit

WALDO is a membership organization supporting the procurement and administration of electronic information services for libraries since 1982.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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